In response to "Two Worlds, One Game" from The Escapist Forum: More on topic, however, there have been quite a few fansubs higher in quality than official video game releases.

I liked the article, though I'm surprised at the omission of one of the largest challenges that faced translators back in the 16-bit era and prior: hardware. On top of the difficulties in conveying proper meaning and not just cranking out a literal translation, there were restrictions on the number of characters you could use in a given segment of text. Not to mention the fact that all the corner-cutting the programmers had to do also often resulted in getting incongruous text. A translator could be working on a segment from the beginning of the game and then next one from the ending.

Player One had a very enlightening interview with Ted Woolsey a few years ago on this topic and many others.

I also think another interesting discussion is in the advantages and disadvantages present in your source and target languages. For example, English has a rich array of dialect and accents that can be conveyed easily in text whereas Japanese is relatively congruous. A game like Chrono Cross had a variety of dialects in English that wasn't really possible in the original Japanese.

Ultimately the only way to truly experience a game is to do so in its original language, but I think localization efforts, especially lately, are laudable.

- seitori

What, no mention of Zero Wing at all...? I would've thought that this article would have at least touched upon one of the most famously poorly translated games of all time....

- Yog Sothoth


In response to "Halo on the High Seas" from The Escapist Forum: There are very few things in life that I enjoy as much as Rome: Total War before bed!

In all seriousness, my youngest brother (the only hardcore multiplayer gamer in a family of fanatics) is currently studying at a maritime academy to join the merchant marine. I know one of the things that makes him sad about his chosen profession is giving up access to online games for long periods of time while he'll be at sea -- like all summer this year. Maybe I'll point him toward this article for a few hints on surviving the droughts!

- Solipsis

I'm a sailor and I can tell you it kinda sucks, but if he gets lucky he'll end up on a ship where half the crew are gamers. The Alaskan Explorer, a ship with Alaska Tanker Company had two big screen TVs in each of the lounges, a wireless network throughout the ship, a tv in every room, and 360's on both of the big screens.

Needless to say, it didn't take much work to put 4 guys in each lounge, and then have anyone in their rooms jump on via the wireless. Now, this is a rare case, but those kinda ships are out there (usually they're tankers. Tell him to stay the fuck away from Liberty ships, that company is pretty damn cheap).
I actually suggest a good gaming laptop. With his officer pay, a high end gaming laptop won't even dent his bank account if he saves/spends intelligently. I'm only an unliscenced Oiler and even I just giggled like a school girl when I hit the "order" button. I have a Sager 9262 and a wired 360 gamepad, and I can play most of the big name 360 games on my laptop since the 360's port to pc ratio is kinda retardedly high (almost to the point that it makes me wonder why the hell I got a 360 in the first place). A lot of guys out their bring laptops with them along with external hard drives (piracey ahoy!) and you'd be surprised how many of them are closet gamers. Apart from our 360 multiplayer matches, more than a few games of Counter Strike 1.6 were played on the ship computers (nothing like raging your Chief Engineer after constantly stabbing him in the face).

If he wants to drag out a console with him, he can, but I don't really recommend it. Not until he gets steady work on one ship that he knows it'll get used a lot on, otherwise a solid laptop is the way to go.

Oh and do remind him to bring a cross connect cable with him. Those things are handy at the strangest times. My usual "at work" loadout is: Laptop/Mouse/Cross Connect/External Hard Drive/In-Ear Speakers (I don't like bringing out a headset since it's just too damn big and I've never actually used the mic for anything), and I always just no-cd crack all my games that aren't run via Steam.

- TOGSolid

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